Shawn Robinson is heading to the SEC.
Just a few short days since his somewhat surprising announcement that he would leave the TCU Football program and explore other opportunities, Robinson announced his future home would be in Missouri, signing with the Tigers.
Robinson’s commitment follows another transfer announcement, as former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant also signed with the Tigers as a grad transfer. Bryant will likely be handed the reigns in 2019, while Robinson redshirts, turning things over to Shawn in 2020. Robinson will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next fall due to transfer rules.
The 6’2”, 223 pound DeSoto native played in 13 games across two seasons for the Frogs, playing spot duty behind Kenny Hill a season ago before taking over full time in 2018. The on-field results were mixed - Robinson accounted for five touchdowns against Southern in the season opener and had an impressive game against Ohio State in week three, but struggled with his accuracy and turnover issues throughout the year. Robinson was taken out against Oklahoma in October and never returned, having season-ending surgery for an injury he had mostly tried to play through.
An uneven performance out of his offensive line and inconsistent play by both the running backs and wide receivers kept Robinson short of reaching his full potential, but it was widely believed he would compete against Justin Rogers to be QB1 in 2019. Despite that, he elected to leave Fort Worth for what appears to be greener pastures in Columbia.
A career 59% passer at the collegiate level, Robinson threw for over 1,300 yards in just over six games in 2018, accounting for nine touchdowns through the air and three more on the ground. He also threw eight interceptions on the season, accumulating a QBR of 60.9.
As a high school quarterback, Robinson led DeSoto to a state title as a senior, the third high school he attended. He completed 58% of his passes as a senior and was a 53% passer for his high school career. A dangerous runner, Shawn finished with over 5,000 career rushing yards, and accumulated 143 touchdowns overall.
In addition to Bryant and Robinson, Mizzou is expected to sign three star quarterback Connor Bazelak during the early signing period, joining three other QBs on the roster that will have eligibility remaining in 2020.
Meanwhile, TCU is hoping to see prized signee Justin Rogers make a full recovery from a knee injury suffered in his senior season, so he can join redshirt sophomore Michael Collins and projected signee, and early-enrollee, Max Duggan in competition to be the start in 2019. The Frogs are also expected to pursue a grad transfer quarterback, with current Alabama QB Jalen Hurts name being floated around as a possibility.
Best of luck to Shawn as he enters the next phase of his football career.